New Space Programs Arrive in North Country

New Space Programs Arrive in North Country

NASA has awarded 172 youth development grants nation-wide, including one in Clinton County.
PLATTSBURGH- Kids love outer space, but as they grow older few pursue science as a career. NASA wants to change that, awarding 172 youth development grants nation-wide, including one in Clinton County.

Alexa King with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County says, "one of our major mission areas in 4-H is to try and encourage kids to get into science."

To create those engaging learning activities, known as 4-H opportunities, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County joined with SUNY Plattsburgh and the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum. The initial grant involves three main events, some of which will take place at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Later this month a teachers workshop will be held at the campus astronomy lab. The goal- show teachers how to better incorporate space lessons during class time. King says, "it’s going to include hands on activities, interactive, inquiry based learning, all of our favorite science and based on the NASA curriculum."

In September a two day space event will be held for middle school kids at the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum. Amy Bonn with the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum says, "we'll be doing everything from rocketry to planets to an asteroid run."

Beyond those two events a mobile museum will hit the road, visiting three classrooms or community locations in the North Country. King notes, "it’s getting hard to fund field trips for schools, and we recognize that, so we’re going to take the museum to them."

Students or teachers interested in taking part in the programs can call Alexa King at 518-561-7450 or e-mail her at ask37@cornell.edu.
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